If FCC approval is any indication, then AT&T may finally be launching some Android devices in 2010. Two hot new handsets, the Dell Mini 3ix and the Acer Liquid A1, have recently received the FCC rubber stamp of approval, with both handsets including support for AT&T’s special flavor of 3G. We knew Dell had plans to launch their Android-powered smartphone in the US, but the recent discovery of a NAM variant of the Acer is exciting. Remember that approval is just one step of many that a manufacturer must take prior to releasing a device, it is not a guarantee that a device will actually launch. Nonetheless, we are keeping our [...]
When Aymar de Lencquesaing, head of Acer’s mobile phone division, said last month that Acer will be offering a “much more balanced” portfolio in 2010, most people understood that statement to mean that Acer would be releasing a few additional Android handsets, perhaps as many as 4 to 5 in 2010. We are happy to report that this original estimate was a gross miscalculation. Acer confirmed on Thursday that it has up to six Android handsets on the table for release in the first half of 2010. The handsets will be broken down into three price levels (high-, mid-, and entry level) and will include both consumer oriented and business focused [...]
Technolo Shree on YouTube has posted a nice video unboxing of the new Acer A1 Liquid, which recently became available in the UK.
The unboxing is of the white version, which we’re told is the only version available in the UK at this time.
Back in March we attended a very special event by Acer which introduced their intentions of entering the mobile phone market. Even at this event they were not adverse to Android and since then we’ve seen why. The Acer Lquid A1 has recently gone on sale through online retailers Expansys and Clove, selling at £339.99 ($556) and £328.99 ($538) respectively. The A1 is the first Android smartphone to be powered by the credible 1 GHz Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, although Acer have opted to under-clock this device, most likely in order to conserve battery power. After all, the battery is only 1,350mAh.
Aside from a new Android phone, [...]
Acer jumped head first into the smartphone market in 2009, releasing close to 10 handsets with only one, the A1 Liquid, running the Android OS. The A1’s status as Acer’s only Android handset in the midst of a a plethora of Windows Mobile handsets may soon change. According to Aymar de Lencquesaing, head of Acer’s mobile phone division, Acer will be offering a “much more balanced” portfolio in 2010, citing the momentum behind Android as the reason for this shift away from Windows Mobile. Doing the math, we can expect to see an additional 4-5 Acer-branded Android handsets in the upcoming year.
Not too long ago we brought you the news that Acer will soon be offering the A1 Liquid Android phone with WVGA display. What we didn’t say was availability deadlines or pricing schemes. Well it would now appear as though our favorite source for prices and release details, eXpansys, are listing said device as €379.99 (~$570). Furthermore, the website shows the device as available Saturday 28th November, a little over one month away. Here is what eXpansys had to say about the device:
The Acer Liquid ™ is a processor and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon ™ 1.6 high definition Android smartphone, combining cutting-edge technologies, software [...]
Today Acer formally launched its new “Liquid” line of Android powered smartphones. Though the press release, found after the jump, fails to mention the new phone by name, we have every reason to believe that this is the A1 we’ve seen before, due to its specs.
As to those specs, we know the phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, and HSPA 3G data. We also know that it runs Android 1.6 (Donut), which has added support for new screen resolutions. The company also mentions integration of Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Picasa, and Flickr into the contacts [...]
Back in March we attended a UK Press Launch for Acer’s up-coming smartphone range. At the time it seemed to focus a lot on Windows Mobile, and this was justified because Acer believed there to be a good level of synchronisation between Windows computer and Windows mobile devices. This is clearly a priority for them. However, during the event I asked some probing questions into the likelihood of Android on an Acer device, and the responses were both agreeable and enlightened. Acer were not too cagey about the matter and since then we’ve reported on how the Philippines based Business Mirror believes that Acer plans to release an Android powered [...]
As the title would suggest, there are a couple of interesting applications that will make their way to Android in the coming months. First to receive a mention is eReader, a Barnes & Noble Company. eReader is effectively the world’s largest eBook store, even if they say so themselves. It offers a huge range of eBooks for your iPhone, Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone, Palm Treo and Centro or any Symbian mobile phone. Soon to make it onto that short list will be any Android device. We can expect to see eReader for Android popping up later on this summer, and although the feature list wont be complete right away, we can expect it to deal with ePub, Fictionwise’s DRM and non [...]
According to Digitimes, Acer chairman JT Wang has said that Acer’s upcoming Android powered netbook computers will actually ship with both Android and Windows pre-loaded in a dual-boot configuration.
To me, that seems to imply that they aren’t going to put as much effort into tweaking Android for netbooks as they could. At least not right away. The company appears to be hedging its bets, and in doing so it gives up the US$25 or $30 savings it could have gained by not loading a Microsoft OS.
This is a bit of a let-down. The company could have offered Android netbooks for a fair percentage cheaper than Windows [...]